Donate to help families with the most urgent needs! 

Your gift will provide transformational change and help them get established 

  • Diapers (Sizes 5 & 6)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Razors
  • Shaving Cream
  • Maxi Pads / Tampons
  • Pull ups size 2T-3T & 4T-5T
  • Deodorant (unisex)
  • Towels
  • Twin sheets
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Hand soaps
  • Pillows/Comforters/Blankets (new & used)
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Ziplock bags (gallon size)
  • Laundry baskets

Contact Erin Ness at 456-4172 x 113 or eness@vincentvillage.org for more information

“A Place at Our Table” 2018

 

The “A Place at our Table” event is a farm to table dinner that both celebrates the efforts of Vincent Village while also bringing awareness to the needs of our homeless families.  Guests enjoy food from local farms that is prepared by local chefs under the theme that there is always a place for everyone at our table.  During the evening guests have several opportunities to support Vincent Village through a silent auction, live auction, and funding one of our major needs – Youth Services.  They also have the opportunity to hear from one of our families and the impact that Vincent Village has had on their life.  

Please consider supporting Vincent Village and joining us at this event.  

Buy your tickets here: http://APOT2018.givesmart.com

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Bottle Works Lofts Development

The Bottle Works Lofts Development is underway!  Applications for housing are now accepted.  Click here

Highlights of the $13.4 million project include: 

  • Historic rehabilitation of the Coca-Cola Building, returning it to its original appearance
  • New construction of 31 single-family lease-to-purchase homes in the nearby neighborhood
  • A total of 62 living units: 31 in the Coca-Cola Building and 31 new homes
  • Affordable Housing Units rented to individuals of varying incomes, earning anywhere from 30% to 60% of the Area Median Income
  • Amenities including: on-site management, community room, business center, theater, fitness center, gallery area, one garage space per unit, outdoor shelter, indoor and outdoor playground
  • Supportive services, such as job training, provided by Vincent Village and other non-profits
  • Construction expected to begin January 2017 and be complete by spring 2018

This latest development complements hundreds of millions of dollars invested by the private sector, City government, non-profits and government agencies into the Renaissance Pointe neighborhood. Some of the improvements include new utility lines, sidewalks, a trail, the renovation of former Fire Station #9 into the Renaissance Pointe Urban Farm and Community Center, the 66 lease-to-purchase homes built and managed by Ideal Builders, as well as a new library branch, YMCA and Urban League offices. 

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Rehabbed houses help homeless families

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) --- Boosting the housing stock for those most in need.

Winter is an especially bad time of year to be without a place to live.

But a program aimed at putting a dent in Allen County's homeless problem is producing results.

We visited a residence on Gay Street Thursday that will soon serve as a dream home of sorts for a couple thrilled to be moving in around the end of the month.

"I can get a couch now, that's exciting," Samantha said.

"I honestly don't know all the logistics of it, just what I've seen, but it has a full basement, three bedrooms upstairs, dining room, living room.  It's more than what I would expect," said Adam, who is relieved to have a stable living arrangement coming.

Mayor Tom Henry after noon was on hand to snip a ribbon, marking this as one of six homes Vincent Village rehabilitated with federal Housing and Urban Development dollars to rent out to families trying to get back on solid footing.

The city of Fort Wayne played a role in tapping $500,000 in HUD money for the effort that is designed to take local homeless families and move them from area shelters into the rehabbed properties.

They pay reduced rent-- starting out sometimes as low as $150 a month-- rates based on their income levels.

Participants don't just get help with housing, Vincent Village also stands ready with job readiness aid, and transportation and child care, things that can trigger homelessness.

"A lot of our families, shortly after moving in, could get reduced hours, they lost their babysitter, we've had people that their (car) battery is dead and they don't have $100, so they lose their job and here starts the cycle of eviction," said Denise Andorfer, the executive director of Vincent Village.

Besides the refurbished home on Gay Street, there are three others on Holton Avenue and two on Reed Street being prepared for rent.

One home in the 2700 block of Lillie Street will be demolished and re-built, then offered to new tenants.

Organizers of the program say the people they're helping oftentimes don't fit the profile we think of as being homeless.

"I think that the stereotype of a homeless person is an older male that lives out on the streets, but the reality is that there are a lot of women and children, or people who are living with someone because if they weren't able to sleep on someone's couch they would be homeless."

Vincent Village now owns 35 single family homes for this purpose, which also helps free up space for other families trying to find room in an emergency shelter. 

Since the late 1980's, Vincent Village has served about 1,300 families in need.

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Thank all of our sponsors, food partners, chef’s and volunteers

Local farmers and chefs rally for the 6th Annual "A Place at Our Table" held on Aug. 24th. Vincent Village would like to thank all of our sponsors, food partners, chef’s and volunteers who made this year’s event a great success.

Farms Atom Acres, Country Garden & Farm Market, Custom Quality Meats, Tim Didier Meats, Get Fresh Farms, Wholesome Horizons, Jamison Meats, Maple Leafe Farms, Strauss Veal, Urban Organic Garden, Goldenwood Gardens, St. Henry’s Community Garden, Vincent House Garden

Chefs Affine Food Truck, Biaggis, Black Canyone, Casa Ristoranti, Olive Twist, Pickles Café, Shigs N Pit, Ted’s Market, Lisa Jackson & Associates

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Center for Nonviolence Program

Center for NonViolence on site doing a weekly program for youth. Thanks to Lutheran Foundation

CNV was the first program in Indiana for perpetrators of domestic abuse and one of the first such programs in the country. It was started in the mid-1970’s by a group of five men, “inspired by the dedicated work of women at the local shelter for abused women, and an understanding among the founders of the need to address the behavior of batterers with accountability and compassion.”

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Two HEAL Programs Awarded

We are proud to announce that St. Joseph Community Health Foundation (SJCHF) and Parkview is committed to the continuation and further evolution of the HEAL initiative from 2017 through 2019 at Vincent Village. The HEAL initiative engages in three primary activities providing support of the following:

1) Seasonal gardens at various community organizations

2) Processes that allow for acceptance and doubling of WIC produce vouchers and SNAP purchases at local produce and Farmers’ Markets and

3) HEALing Kitchen cooking classes with curriculums for training the trainer and class participants

The goal of this initiative is to reduce obesity and the chronic diseases that develop as a result in Allen County

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